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The 9 at 9: Polling Day

All the news you need to know as you prepare to cast your vote.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #GET VOTING It’s polling day, when you get to vote for your choices in the general election. Polling stations opened at 7am and will stay open until 10pm. There are 550 candidates contesting for 157 Dáil seats. Here’s our guide to voting today, and here’s our liveblog.

2. #KANSAS Three people have been killed and 14 wounded after a man stormed a workplace with an ‘assault-style’ weapon. He was shot dead by police.

3. #SHOOTING A man has been killed in South Belfast after four men forced their way into his house and shot him.

4. #CALAIS A French court has given the green light to the evacuation of a large part of the migrant camp in Calais ahead of it being razed. While the makeshift shelters will be destroyed, places of worship, schools and a library are allowed stay.

5. #COURT High-profile republican Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy is due to be sentenced today. He was convicted of various tax offenses at the Special Criminal Court last December.

6. #BIG BUSINESS Dublin city office rents could reach Celtic Tiger levels this year. A review by property group HWBC predicts that costs could rise by as much as 18% to €65 per sq ft by the end of this year.

7. #APPLE Apple has urged a US court to toss out an order that the company help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack.  Tim Cook said that what the FBI was demanding equated to a software version of “cancer”.

8. #CHOC BLOCKED Workers at Dublin’s Cadbury’s plant are to go on strike next week over a dispute about outsourcing. This will affect the production of a number of chocolate bars.

9. #OUCH Donald Trump got a merciless slagging from Republican candidate Marco Rubio last night in the latest GOP debate.  The Florida senator said that if he “hadn’t inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be right now? Selling watches in Manhattan.”

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